Two kids sitting in blue kayaks on the water, smiling as they lift their paddles above their heads.
McDowell Nature Preserve (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)

News

We’ve launched a newsletter!

April 15, 2020

Hello from Meck Playbook!


We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe during this unique time.

While we each do our part to practice social distancing and keep our loved ones safe, the Meck Playbook countywide park and recreation master plan wants to keep you up to date on all things park and recreation! Every two weeks, we will share updates about County parks and facilities, include fun mini quizzes and polls to test your knowledge of the County’s system, and give you insights into different elements of the master plan process. You can sign up to receive the newsletter, here.

For more information, head to our website, www.meckplaybook.com.

Let’s stay connected!


Why a newsletter now? As a question in the comprehensive survey that was released as part of the master plan in November, we asked residents how they want the Department to communicate news and updates about parks and recreation programming.

We found out that 42% of Mecklenburg County residents prefer email communication from the Department in comparison to 8% of people nationally.

Getting outdoors during COVID-19


It important to stay active for the health and well-being of you and your family. Before you head to your favorite local park or greenway, please refer to the County’s website for updates about park and facility closures related to COVID-19.

We are postponing our second round of Meck Playbook public workshops

March 16, 2020

In light of the local, state, and federal restrictions for mass public gatherings due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is postponing all planned public meetings and presentations until further notice. Our meetings and presentations will be rescheduled when it is safe for us meet again in large groups and gather your input on ways to continue to improve and expand our park and recreation offerings. We will notify residents of rescheduled dates through the County’s calendar here.

Thank you for your patience and wash your hands!

Join Us March 19, 20 or 21 for our second round of workshops!

March 11, 2020

Join us for games and free food and share your visions for the future of your parks, greenways, and programs! We will share analysis findings, a draft vision, and initial opportunities for improvements and enhancements to parks, facilities, trails and programs. This will be an opportunity to gather feedback and input from community members. All community members are encouraged to participate, regardless of attendance at the first round of public meetings.

We look forward to seeing you!

March 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Beatties Ford Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte

March 20 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Ave, Cornelius

March 21 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road North, Charlotte

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Recent tweets

Today in Park Smarts, we’re visiting the Piedmont prairie restoration site at Latta Nature Preserve. We’ll see the rare, protected Schweinitz's sunflower and hear some live music, too. Let’s go!

GREENWAY CLOSURE: McMullen Creek Greenway is temporarily closed because of storm damage to the boardwalk near the 1-mile marker.

Welcome to Park Smarts, where we take you behind the scenes – and outdoors, of course! – to see the projects and people who make Park and Rec a dynamic part of our community. Check out our Capital Planning Dept and the big changes underway at historic Independence Park.

Project Timeline

The 18-month plan development process has just begun! Below is a timeline with project milestones and goals for each step of the plan’s development.

  1. Phase 1 (Discovery)
    The first phase of Meck Playbook will begin with a review of plans previously created for the County and initial conversations with key stakeholders and initial public engagement.
  2. We are here

    Phase 2 (Inventory)
    Meck Playbook will take inventory each of the system’s parks, nature preserves, greenways, trails and facilities, and research current asset access, demographic and recreation trends, and environmental systems.
  3. Phase 3 (Envision)
    The Playbook will focus on developing initial ideas, goals and future septs that will add up to a cohesive vision.
  4. Phase 4 (Implementation)
    The master plan vision needs to be actionable and comprehensive. This phase of the plan will take the vision and goals and pair them with a series of recommendations that are prioritized as part of an implementation strategy.

Plan Presentations and Reports

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time, check back soon or sign up here to receive updates!

A woman playing pickleball on a blue court.
Two people playing pickleball on a blue court.

Queens University Tennis Complex at Marion Diehl Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)

Past Events

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews

November 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
2425 Sports Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105

Revolution Park Sports Academy

November 21, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Hornet’s Nest Williamson Pavilion

November 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
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Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park with several people in the background.
Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park.

Clark’s Creek Community Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)